Manitoba will begin a careful, multi-phased effort next week to gradually restore services, open some businesses and increase recreational opportunities while maintaining physical distancing, Premier Brian Pallister announced Wednesday.
As of May 4, a variety of non-essential health care and retail businesses will have the option of reopening under strict guidelines. Those services, businesses and venues include:
- Non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures.
- Therapeutic and medical services.
- Retail businesses.
- Restaurants — patio/walk-up services.
- Hair salons.
- Museums, galleries and libraries.
- Seasonal day camps.
- Outdoor recreation and campgrounds.
“Today’s good news, and it’s good news because of you,” Pallister said, praising Manitobans for adapting to the restrictions that were put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19.
“You stuck to the fundamentals, and those are what will take us forward.”
Much of the Manitoba economy and many workplaces have been shut down by public health orders made in response to the global pandemic that arrived in the province when the first case of COVID-19 was announced March 12.
The province will continually re-evaluate and adjust plans for further easing of public health restrictions but may reintroduce others, Pallister said.
Phase 2 of the reopening, which would happen no earlier than June 1, may include an increase in public gatherings and more non-essential businesses, including:
- Dining inside restaurants.
- Non-contact children’s sports.
- Film production.
- Additional personal services, such as nail salons.
Depending on the COVID-19 cases the province experiences with the reopening strategy, rules may be eased further. That would include allowing larger public gatherings and reopening more businesses, such as bars, pools and spas, movie theatres and indoor recreational facilities. Travel restrictions may also be eased, Pallister said.
Specific considerations also will be made for performing arts venues, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists and tanning studios.
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